Overview

Day 1 - Paris
Day 2 - Vaux-le-Vicomte/Melun 
Day 3 - Barbizon/Moret-sur-Loing
Day 4 - Fontainebleau/Montereau
Day 5 - Sens 
Day 6 - Joigny/Sens
Day 7 - Return Journey

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Péniche Haute Seine

Barging between Paris and Burgundy on our exclusive new Péniche charter via the Châteaux of royal Fontainebleau and Vaux-le-Vicomte, artistic Barbizon and sacred Sens, an insight into France’s cultural, royal, religious and artistic heritage. 

This exclusive cruise affords insight into France’s cultural, royal, religious and artistic heritage. Sacred Sens was the seat of the primate of northern France, similar to Canterbury and Thomas Becket spent years in exile here before his assassination in Canterbury Cathedral at the orders of Henry II (‘will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest’), as illustrated in the stained glass of this first-ever Gothic cathedral. View his vestments, Roman mosaics, Byzantine relics and taste a Thomas Becket beer!

Home to Royalty and developed over 800 years, the richly furnished Château de Fontainebleau is best known for Napoleon’s farewell from the horseshoe staircase. Vaux-le-Vicomte was commissioned by Le Fouquet, Louis XIV’s chamberlain, an exquisite masterpiece with architecture by Le Vau, paintings by Le Brun and gardens by Le Nôtre. Such was the grandeur that the sun king imprisoned Le Fouquet and initiated Versailles as a copy!

Pre-Impressionist landscape artists came to Barbizon at weekends inspired by Fontainebleau Forest, often leaving paintings as payment.

Key Features

Exclusive Small Ship Cruise
Free Cabin Selection
2 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Excursions Included 
Drinks Included
UK Tour Manager
Guaranteed Departure
Group Size: 2 – 20

Day 1 Travel London to Paris by Eurostar. Embark Péniche Raymonde at Quai de Grenelle (Eiffel Tower). Sail past the great monuments of Paris to Quai de Bercy. (D)

Day 2 Cruise to Evry. Travel to Vaux-le-Vicomte to visit the Château, gardens and carriage museum. Rejoin the Péniche at Melun, prefecture of Seine-et-Marne. (B, L, D)

Day 3 At Barbizon discover the Ganne Inn artists’ museum, Millet’s studio and the forest. Cruise to Moret-sur-Loing. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Morning visit to Fontainebleau Château and gardens. Cruise to Montereau, confluence of the Seine and Yonne. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Cruise to Sens. Walking tour of the town, cathedral, museum and treasury. Taste a Thomas Becket beer. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Drive to the Saint-Jacques vineyards, overlooking the Yonne, then walk down from Joigny’s upper gate past old houses and churches. Visit the Resistance museum, founded by original members and run by descendants. Cellar tasting of Saint-Jacques wines. Afternoon free in Sens. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Travel to Paris for return Eurostar. (B)

  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner

Notes

Cabins are available from 5pm on arrival and until 9am on departure (before/after this, luggage storage on board and access to the public lounge).
The programme may be altered due to navigational factors with locks, water levels or congestion at certain sites.

2021

Thursdays
per person in a twin Lower Deck cabin
Eurostar from London St. Pancras
2021 - Paris-Sens itinerary

Date Price
June 11 £2195
August 6 £2145
No Single Supplement

(limited dates/availability)

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
(limited availability)
Jun 11, Aug 6

Single supplement £995

Rail Options

Eurostar Standard Premier Class £195

Extension Options

Extra nights – Paris
Hotel Chess (per night) £125
Single Supplement £105
Arrival transfer add £45
Departure transfer add £45

Price Includes
Rail travel, all port charges, transfers, 6-night cruise, full board and drinks on cruise vessel, excursions, UK Tour Manager, local expert guides and representatives. If our specially negotiated rail fares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply

Not Included
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, porterage, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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